The bridge from graduation to attaining that perfect job vacates a lot of time to dream of endless possibilities and goals. Some say that they want it all — disposable accounts, labyrinth wardrobes and the thrill of each step that takes them closer to another city. All of the above are quite plausible, but it all happens gradually. Drew Hazelhurst has shown that with hard work, being stylish and taking chances can take you to unexpected, yet fabulous places.
Name: Drew Hazelhurst
Major: Entertainment Set Design & Decoration
CollegeFashionista: How does FIDM prepare you for the fashion industry?
Drew Hazelhurst: During my time at FIDM I learned a lot about the industry and what it takes to be successful. The teachers and advisors there didn’t treat me as a student but as a fellow colleague. It definitely took a while to get all of my interests in line and figure out what I really wanted to do. Although where I am now I couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out.
CF: What’s your favorite part about living in Los Angeles?
DH: Well I moved here for the weather but I stayed for the people. I love how much diversity and culture there is here. No matter how long you live here there will always be something new to experience. Coming from a small town in Colorado I constantly felt like I didn’t belong. LA was the light at the end of the tunnel and I have been in love with this place since the day I arrived.
CF: You were a visual communications major, studied set design and now you are an account coordinator for Wetherly Fashion Group. What’s your advice for students who want to do it all?
DH: What most people don’t realize while they are going to college is that your choice in a major does not decide what you will do for the rest of your life. It is how you apply what you have learned to the things that you love that will determine your future. My advice is to not worry so much about where your major will take you. Instead focus on the moment and that alone will help you on your path to success.
CF: What are the common misconceptions about public relations?
DH: Most people think that this is a glamorous career path. That it pays incredibly well and that you hang out with celebrities all day. While this job does have some fabulous perks and I do get to meet some really great people I’m still making my way up there and yet to have become Kim Kardashian's best friend. I am 22 years old and have a job that excites me and challenges me in ways I never thought possible. I am very happy.
CF: How would you describe your personal style?
DH: I dread this question and I never know how to answer it perfectly. I guess that if I gave it a name it would be comfy chic. I always try to be comfortable but try to have a statement piece that really makes the outfit interesting. It could be red leather pants or a killer bag and necklace.
CF: What’s on your Christmas fashion wish list?
DH: I am dying for a Stella McCartney bag and have a large list of boots and shoes on Guilt that need to be in my life.
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